From Our Members’ Desks (Feb. 16, 2016)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

Top 14 Favorite Classic Movie Couples

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Awards Coverage

Top 14 Favorite Classic Movie Couples

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film


Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo – The Green Inferno

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Francis Gary Powers, Jr. on the Cold War and “Bridge of Spies”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Jack Huston and Douglas Booth

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Jim Whitaker on “The Finest Hours”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Justin Theroux – Zoolander 2

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Lily James and Bella Heathcote

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Luca Guadagnino – A Bigger Splash

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Nicholas Sparks on “The Choice”

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick – Deadpool

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Thelma Todd Biographer Michelle Morgan

Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom

Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig – Zoolander 2

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

Berlinale rolls out its carpets

Joseph Proimakis @ [Greek]

  • Excerpt: With a more downtempo but no less ambitious programme than last year, and Meryl Streep shining as its Jury president, the Berlinale is ready to celebrate its 66th birthday.

Heretic Outreach picks up CineMart’s HBF+Europe distribution support

Joseph Proimakis @

  • Excerpt: The Greek sales and festivals agency won the €20,000 support prize and has announced its Berlinale acquisitions


Burt Reynolds 80th birthday tribute

Robert Cashill @

  • Excerpt: Rapping about Reynolds


Jim: The James Foley Story

Kenji Fujishima @ A.V. Club

Manson’s Lost Girls

Sarah D Bunting @ Previously.TV

Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall

Sarah D Bunting @ Previously.TV


Are the Academy Awards Racist?

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: It’s hard to conceive of why these omissions were made and it’s even harder to ignore the fact that the anger raised over the lack of diversity last year is even worse this year. It’s easy to cry foul and to pound the podium about such an issue, but instead of shaking my fist at the voters, I am choosing the look at the awards themselves in practical terms.

The Coens’ Hollywood: What ‘Barton Fink’ and ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Tell Us About Their Place In the Film Industry

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Comparing the two films says much about how they’ve become a part of that industry, whether they intended to or not.

Destroy All Monsters: What Does God Need With A Starship?

Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm

How to Make a Christian Movie Without Embarrassing God.

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: Christian-themed movies should illicit that same function as religion, to enlighten and to inform, not just to those who occupy the pews, but more importantly to those who don’t. Christian teachings should be a vessel of instructing the best way to live a good life constructively within the word of God. It should be an instruction. The problem with most Christian movies is that are used a blunt instrument, availing Evangelical Christians as beatific saints and atheists as angry and unhappy philistines whose chief interest is to gnash and snarl at those who have found a life in Christ.

Parting Shots, Part 1: The Uncertain Future

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: It is my belief that a movie should leave us with something to ponder. Despite the crazy inevitability of sequels, prequels and other intrusions, a self-contained film can leave an impact when the screenwriter leaves a film open enough that we can concern ourselves with the fate of the characters after the final shot has faded out. What I have here are some examples of those moments, listed alphabetically, these are some of the most effective.

Stop Minimizing Black Achievement in Film by Tying It to #OscarsSoWhite

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: That’s not the case this year, of course, since no people of color were nominated for acting Oscars, resulting in a raucous and welcome discussion of the lack of inclusion in Hollywood in general and the Oscars in particular. Which is all well and good, except it appears that, for the next year, achievements of this type are going to be written off as some sort of overcorrection for the recent Oscar white-outs, rather than recognition of important films and performances.

Reviews of Short Films

Body Team 12

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

A Girl in the River: the Price of Forgiveness

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: US Short Documentary Review

Other Articles

Breaking Down Michael Mann’s Sharper Director’s Cut of BLACKHAT

Kenji Fujishima @ The Playlist

The Morning After: Feb. 8, 2016

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “Anomalisa”

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